Bell High School

1601 Brown Trail, Hurst, TX 76054
(817) 282-2551

(out of 10)

Public Grades 10-12 2093 students 17 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS)

In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bell High School is a public high school in Hurst. The principal of Bell High School is JIM BANNISTER, who can be contacted at 2,093 students go to Bell High School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Bell High School students have "limited English proficiency." 25% of the 2,093 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 40% are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Bell High School is 17:1. Transition Program is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Asian 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 51% 42%
Hispanic 26% 29%
Multiracial 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 13% 17%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 53%
Limited English proficiency 4% 12%
Economically disadvantaged 25% 41%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I ended up losing 3 credits because I transferred here because of there idiotic trimester system. I had to make up hours because I was absent so I went to Saturday school you can't even get inside without an id which you have to pay for. I don't understand why I can't just give you my id number like I do for extended day. I had to wait outside in 30 degree weather waiting for my grandad to pick me up. They don't fix anything in the school that needs to be repaired. Almost all of the bathroom stalls don't lock and some even missing. If you live in the area and are wondering what school to go to go to birdville or trinity

  • (2 years ago)

    We were a bit nervous moving from NJ to Texas given the media pounding of Texas schools. We could not be happier with the education and more importantly the opportunities proved to our sons by this school system. Professional from top to bottom with high standards for both the staff and students alike. I not just happy with this school I feel blessed to have my children go to Bell.

  • (4 years ago)

    I wento LD Bell and graduated from there. I loved the school because we always felt safe as there were no socila problems there. The teachers were in touch with their students and they got to know the students personally. The school did provide opportunities and an excellent education. The facilities were top of the line.

  • (4 years ago)

    L.D. Bell and our sister school Trinity both offer the International Baccalaureate program which delivers a world class college preparatory curriculum. The principals and the teachers are deeply invested in the success of the students at L.D. Bell as well as the community/school spirit and the involvement of the student body. It's a positive place for kids. What I like about it is the general air of wholesomeness about it. And L.D. Bell band is nationally recognized. We love them. This is a school where kids and many parents get involved.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has only been at this school for less than a year and we have seen a remarkable difference in her grades and her disposition. In her prior high school (Bell s Rival) there were fights every day and things would get stolen from her often. Everyone was picked on and given a hard time. It seemed as though the principal and teachers had no control over what was going on with the students. Bell is completely different. The kids seem to be well rounded and there is rarely ever a disturbance The students there are kind and the teachers are excellent. Some teachers talk to the kids every day about their futures and what they are going to do after college. This school has given us hope and I cannot say enough about it!

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe this to be the best high school around. My kid loves to go to school here and she excels here. The band is fantastic and is 1st class. State Champions and National Champions. The parent support for this school is also over the top. The school is very much supported by the community which in return supports the students.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is one of two in Texas that offers the International Baccalaureate program. I earned 24 hours of college credit in highschool! Our marching band drill team and gymnastics teams all compete on a national and state level and we often take 1st place. This was a great school to go to and it prepared me for college.

  • (7 years ago)

    my child loves this school. they think it is a great school .i love it to my kid is in njhs band soccer and volleyball.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from Bell & had the opportunity to teach there several years ago. The academic standards are high and the school offers both AP & IB programs. The teacher quality is excellent -- it's a reflection of the administration striving to be one of the highest paying districts in the state every year for teachers so they get the cream of the crop. In fact I challenge you to find a district in the area that pays more. There is a variety of extracurricular activities -- band & gymnastics in particular are state finalists year after year. The whole athletic program is competitive and has state of the art training facilities. The student population is more diverse than when I attended so it's capable of producing a more well-rounded student than ever before. Solid school & I'm proud to be a Blue Raider.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter goes to this school. It is absolutely wonderful. The students are all diverse and very helpful. The academic programs IB/AP are wonderful for students who plan on taking there education far. They have an excellent band...#1 in the state. They have a fine theatre arts program..great sports with a fine selection to choose from! The parents are ALWAYS involved. They encourage kids to envolve their parents in school and Bell High School has done a fine job of doing it.

  • (10 years ago)

    Mr. Bannister the principle at this time (2004) is awesome. Great guy.

  • (11 years ago)

    Great curriculum up to date education options and advanced placement/college level choices in an award winning extra-curricular environment! Quality and education level is outstanding!

  • (12 years ago)

    L.D. Bell High is a great school with outstanding programs....academic and extracurricular. It holds the best of the best and is a role model for many other schools. Go Blue Raiders!

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